I've been championing Steam regional pricing over the past several years. For a 3rd world country with high percentage of software piracy like Indonesia, regional pricing was such a huge blessing not only for end users like me, but also lots of business-oriented folks over here. The Steam cards and gift resellers are growing tremendously in the past few years, because there are more Steam users now more than ever and we're still growing. Ease of use and purchase is the major factor, as you can buy them online or via your local minimarket with various payment methods. Steam actually opened up lots of jobs and grew the economy quite significantly here.
However, Steam regional pricing is not as good anymore these days. Lots of games, especially those from big publishers don't get as good regional pricing anymore as in the past (or it was just never good). From my observations, the publishers are slowly leaving regional pricing behind over the past few years. Previously, I can regularly get $60 games for $30, even lower in some cases. But today, it's becoming a pretty rare occurrence for big games. Some examples are (converted from IDR to US$):
Yes, you read that right, Deep Silver increased the price while it's still in pre-purchase phase and Activision increased the price 2 years after the game is released. And after that, all of their games are almost full $60 here. Meanwhile, Bandai Namco and Ubisoft never exactly followed the regional pricing guideline that well, buat at least they've been pretty consistent with their $45-$50 pricing. And there's SEGA that consistently priced their Japanese games at full US$ conversion here. I could give you more examples, but it's mostly the same the same story for big publishers. That said, there are publishers who still honor it, such as Capcom who still regularly price their newest games at $35. Mid-tier publishers are also still quite generous and I won't deny that fact.CDPR
The Witcher 3: $38
Cyberpunk 20877: $50
The Evil Within: $28
The Evil Within 2: $58
Mortal Kombat X: $27
Mortal Kombat XI: $49
Just Cause 3: $27
Just Cause 4: $48
Metro Exodus (2018) : $27
Metro Exodus (2019): $48
COD Black Ops III: $40 (2015)
COD Black Ops III: $55 (2017~now)
I don't like where this is going, the future is certainly grim with publishers getting greedy and greedy if nothing is being done. It's like everyone is really trying their hardest to get me out of their potential customer. Is there anything we can do as customers?
In this thread, we can also discuss the pricing of new games and how they are compared to the other games previously.